Meritocracy is a bad word in education today

It’s impossible to have a rational discussion today about merit because the term itself is not politically correct (“A Belief in Meritocracy Is Not Only False: It’s Bad for you,” getpocket.com, Sept. 24).  Rather than accept the reality that some people are smarter or willing to work harder than others, critics say it’s not fair.

The fact is that most people act in their own best self-interest. That does not make them selfish.  It’s a sign of taking responsibility. If that results in some being more successful than others, so be it.  Does luck sometimes play a role in their success?  Of course it does.  But luck is part of life.

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